NBA Draft 2017: Odds on how many Duke, Kentucky, Kansas players go in 1st round
Will Kentucky have more than two players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft?
The time is almost here.
We've exhausted almost every ounce of energy to get ready for the NBA Draft, previewing every angle and analyzing its top prospects.
Before the draft starts on Thursday, however, we've got at least one more mandatory item to review: Wagering props in the latest odds from BookMaker.eu.
After watching these college players closely over the last season for the main purpose of providing you, the reader, with the best gambling advice on the internet, now is the time to study up if you're laying down some dough for Thursday's main event.
Let's get to it.
Number of Duke players drafted in Round 1
Over 3.5 (+130)
Under 3.5 (-160)
Analysis: Jayson Tatum's a top-5 pick. Luke Kennard's a potential lottery pick. And even Harry Giles, who struggled in his lone college season coming off an injury, could be a first-rounder. That leaves guard Frank Jackson as the biggest question mark. The one-and-done role player averaged under 11 points and wasn't a true point guard when Duke needed one last season.
With Jackson sidelined likely until training camp with a recent foot surgery, I think he'll slip to the second round. Take the under.
Number of Kentucky players drafted in Round 1
Over 2.5 (-500)
Under 2.5 (+330)
Analysis: De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk have been lottery locks for months now. Bam Adebayo, the high-energy big man and rebounding machine, is teetering on second round status. I think ultimately someone takes him in the first round, though. So take the over. Always take the over when it comes to Kentucky, in fact.
Number of UCLA players drafted in Round 1
Over 2.5 (-500)
Under 2.5 (+330)
Analysis: When you think of UCLA, you think of Lonzo Ball in this draft. But don't forget about the team's leading scorer last season: T.J. Leaf. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 46.6 percent from the 3-point line last season.
The third possible first-rounder is a role player you've probably never heard of: Ike Anigbogu. If your team is picking in the 20s, you should get familiar with the name. But for now, trust me and take the over.
Number of North Carolina players drafted in Round 1
Over 1.5 (+115)
Under 1.5 (-145)
Analysis: Sharpshooter Justin Jackson is a first round lock, but the same can't be said for little-used one-and-done freshman Tony Bradley. In spurts, he was awesome for the Tar Heels. But he averaged just 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench for the national champion Tar Heels. I think he slips to the second round, which means you should absolutely take the under here.
Number of Kansas players drafted overall
Over 1.5 (-500)
Under 1.5 (+330)
Analysis: TAKE THE OVER. I don't care how projectable Frank Mason's skillset is to the professional ranks. There will be at least one team willing to bet on Mason—the Jayhawks standout who won National Player of the Year honors. He averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists as a senior last season, and frankly his production is too much to pass up. He'll join one-and-done phenom Josh Jackson as the second KU player to hear his name called this week.
Here's a look at some of the other odds on the table from BookMaker.eu.
Lonzo Ball assists per game average during 2017-18 regular season
Over 4.5 (-250)
Under 4.5 (+190)
Order of Top 3 Picks
1. Markelle Fultz 2. Lonzo Ball 3. Josh Jackson -170
Field (any other order) +130
Number of freshmen drafted in Round 1
Over 16.5 (+115)
Under 16.5 (-145)
Number of juniors drafted in Round 1
Over 2.5 (+105)
Under 2.5 (-135)
Number of seniors drafted in Round 1
Over .5 (-150)
Under .5 (+120)
Number of sophomores drafted in Round 1
Over 6.5 (-105)
Under 6.5 (-125)
Number of internationals drafted in Round 1
Over 4 (+130)
Under 4 (-160)
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